The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs. The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the nation's technological progress and achievement.

The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements. It also provides training, education, and capacity building programs designed to foster respect for IP and encourage the development of strong IP enforcement regimes by U.S. trading partners.

Upcoming Events

September 20, 2017

The Midwest Regional USPTO hosts an interactive rotating 3-part series on the patent process, resource navigation, and interactive patent searching every 3rd Wednesday of each month. Part 1 - Register Now Part 1 - Patent Process - September 20, 2017 Part 2 - Resource Navigation and Search...

September 20, 2017

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Join us at the Silicon Valley USPTO Office in San Jose to view a simulcast from USPTO Headquarters of the 2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting (BMPM) to be hosted by the director...

September 20, 2017

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Join us at the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Detroit to view a simulcast from USPTO Headquarters of the 2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting...

September 20, 2017

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Register to attend the 2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting (BMPM). The event is free, open to the public, and will be webcast to include viewing sessions at USPTO regional offices...

September 20, 2017

Interested in learning about the latest trends and initiatives underway in the Business Methods examination area? Join us at the Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, Colorado to view a simulcast from USPTO Headquarters of the 2017 Business Methods Partnership Meeting (BMPM) to be hosted by the...

September 20, 2017

Attend an interactive Q&A session with patent experts at the USPTO Texas Regional Office (TXRO). Continuing in 2017, The TXRO will have its 4-class curriculum on patents. Class 1 will be an overview of intellectual property with a focus on patents, EFS-Web and USPTO resources. Class 2 will...

September 20, 2017

Rocky Mountain Regional Office Director Molly Kocialski will give a brief introduction to the intellectual property system. This will be followed by a question and answer session on patents, the patent process, as well as safeguarding intellectual property. Register on Eventbrite .

September 21, 2017

Topic: “Design Patent Drawing Requirements” "The USPTO’s Inventor Info Chat webinar series continues in September when we host our discussion on “ Design Patent Drawing Requirements ” This presentation will provide an overview of: What subject matter is protected by a design patent Statutory...

September 21, 2017

Join us for the USPTO Patent Examiner Info Session and Open House at our Silicon Valley Regional Office in San Jose, CA. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is looking for talented individuals to work as utility patent examiners at our regional office in San Jose, CA. Come meet our team on...

September 21, 2017

Join us for a Design Patent Brown Bag Lunch and Learn session in the San Jose office. A supervisory patent examiner will give an overview of the design patent system and answer general design patent questions during a live information session. This session is designed for inventors, entrepreneurs,...

News & Updates

March 8, 2017 Nominations Sought for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Washington – The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal is presented each year by the President of the United States and is this country's highest award for…

January 9, 2017 USPTO Announces New Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced new Patent and Trademark Advisory Committee Members for the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC). The Public Advisory…

December 12, 2016 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced Today, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which offers a blueprint for coordinating resources and…

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent Quality Conference

Advancing Patent Quality Across the IP Community Keynote Speaker: Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

October 14, 2016 USPTO Seeks Further Public Input on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility

Washington - The U.S. Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced that as part of its effort to solicit input from the public regarding the legal contours of patent subject matter eligibility, it will be holding two roundtables, one in November and…

September 30, 2016 USPTO Seeking Comments on Proposed Patent Fee Adjustments

Washington – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today issued a notice of proposed rulemaking(link is external) (NPRM) proposing to set or adjust certain patent fees, as authorized by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). The proposed fees…

September 29, 2016 USPTO Announces Patents for Humanity Winners

Washington – The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the latest winners of the Patents for Humanity program. The Patents for Humanity program was launched by the USPTO in February 2012 as part of an Obama administration initiative…

September 27, 2016 USPTO Announces Cancer Moonshot Challenge Winners

Washington— The U.S. Commerce Department’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the winners of the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge. The challenge was launched by the USPTO in August as part of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, which aims to speed up…